Homemade Aromatherapy Play Dough

Aromatherapy Play Dough Recipe

This play dough has a wonderful texture and scent. Use it to relieve stress and improve concentration. Great for kids and grown-ups.

  • Author: Erin Huffstetler,
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups (approx.) 1x
  • Category: Craft Recipe
  • Method: Stove Top


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil (canola oil, olive oil or whatever you have on hand)
  • Essential oils
  • Food coloring


Place the dry ingredients in a sauce pan. Mix well to combine.

Measure water and cooking oil into a liquid measuring cup.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients over medium heat.

Add food coloring; stir until well incorporated.

Continue stirring, until a dough forms, and is no longer sticky.

Turn out on a non-stick surface, and allow to cool.

Then, flatten the dough with your palm, and add drops of essential oil to scent (start with seven drops). Carefully fold the edges over the oil, so it doesn’t come into direct contact with your skin. Then, knead to incorporate.

Smell the play dough, and add more essential oil, if you’d like a stronger scent. Do not exceed 1/4 tsp. (I use 14 drops). Go lighter on the oil, if you’re making the play dough for kids. It shouldn’t exceed 1% of the recipe.


  • This play dough has a shelf life of several weeks to several months. Store it in the refrigerator for maximum life.
  • Use your dough to make ornaments, beads or other decorative objects when it gets old. It can be air-dried or oven-dried in a 200 degree F oven. The bake time will vary based on the size and thickness of your pieces. Watch the oven closely, to determine when it’s time to take your pieces out.